By Ruth Furman
Unique Pawnshop Caters to Women and Luxury TastesToday, shoppers want the best and they want it at the very best price. Michael Mack understands this intersection between luxury and value better than anyone. The founder of Max Pawn, which recently opened a 5,000-square-foot location, spends his days evaluating top brands and high-end merchandise. Through the years, he’s developed a knack for understanding what the discriminating shopper wants.
“People don’t naturally equate luxury with pawn shop and that’s really worked to our favor,” Mack said.
Max Pawn has become a go-to destination for high-end handbags, jewelry, accessories, belts, wallets and other items. Women love the store for its high-end brands like Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Gucci, Chanel, Fendi, Coach, Balenciaga and Dior.
The store, which consigns or sells items, is home to experts in Rolex, Cartier and Swiss watches, and also offers Nevada’s first Craigslist Free Trade Zone. At Max Pawn, online buyers and sellers can meet; experts validate the authenticity of items for free and transactions occur in a clean, safe environment.“There are just too many untold stories of people who meet at a coffee shop or go to their homes only to get robbed or hurt,” Mack added.
Mack’s authenticators use a multi-step process, which varies by designer and includes verification of date codes, fabric, stitching, leather, consistency and other factors.
“Replica handbags are mainly made in China and are getting harder and harder to deduce from the authentic ones,” he added. “Some Hermes Birkin replicas come with a similar box, papers, card, dust bag, raincoat and look.”
Mack frequently gives advice to buyers about online purchases on eBay or Craigslist. Having a guarantee through Paypal or
eBay is important, he said, and checking the seller feedback is also key. “If they’ve had less than a dozen reviews, be careful,” he added.
Likewise, wary sellers can use Max Pawn instead of selling online. The store’s fees are 20 percent of the proceeds of the sale.Mack opened Max Pawn in 2009, at the height of the recession. Through his business, Mack can study changing shopping habits and consumer behaviors. He also shares his knowledge during his radio shows broadcasting live each week from Max Pawn. They are: Pawn Talk Live en Espanol on KRLV 1340 AM, Wednesday from 4 to 5 p.m.; Live in Las Vegas on KDWN 720 AM Friday from 1 to 2 p.m. and Pawn Talk Live on KDWN 720 AM Friday from 2 to 3 p.m. on Fridays.
Max Pawn, 6040 W. Sahara Ave., max-pawn.com.